With us this morning was Kirollos, a Coptic Orthodox Christian from Egypt. Kirollos is the third Coptic Christian to visit me here in Kathmandu in the past four months. The Coptic Christians are keen to start a church here in Nepal. These 3 young men are zealous for their faith and desire to give their time and expenses toward mission work. The problem for them so far is that they are unable to find a Coptic priest who is willing to come here to plant a church.
How ironic for me. Here I am a priest, desiring to plant an Orthodox church here in Kathmandu, but as yet, there are no other Orthodox willing to join the effort of church planting in this country.
Sadly, the Coptic Church is not in communion with the Orthodox Churches and so these young men and I are not able to work together toward the same goal. I pray that our own Orthodox churches will raise up men and women willing to “go and make disciples of all the nations. . .” Their help is needed here in this Hindu country. May God hear my prayer and grant his blessing. – Fr.S.